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Ambush for Flamingos MMDT #6

This painting by Catlin George depicts flamingos in abundance in a field.

Ducks

The painting inspired me to go through my town by the beach and lakes where I found ducks in abundance parading across a street and then going back to the lake. There must have been 100 ducks. I did a two-page layout. The scene is at Lake Como in Belmar, NJ. I used page pattern #15 on storm MM grid paper. I accented the page with brown matting.

On the first page the upper left photo was taken just as I drove up and saw all these ducks prancing across a street. The photo on the top right shows them prancing back to the lake and holding up traffic. The bottom right photo is another shot of them going back to the lake. The lower left photo is them back on the grass along side the lake. I filled in the tiles with 1" squares of the water and the ducks swimming in the water. They seemed so carefree. It was beautiful.

The second page of this layout is of the ducks mostly in the water and one shot of them flying. The center shot is of a gazebo nearby.


My favorite part of these photos is the color of the lake. In person it did not look so blue. I think the movement of the water gives the page great shadows and texture.


 

Shared by Dale Hill on March 23, 2013 | Memory Date: March 22, 2013
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Beautiful!! So well done!! I love the background tiles and the way they work so well with the main photos. Belmar?? I grew up in Point Pleasant!! Small world, eh? Just gorgeous...and thanks for the memories!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  March 31, 2013 at 3:42 pm   
Love this layout and how the matting just pops the pictures!
Posted By: Libby Wiers  |  March 28, 2013 at 3:14 pm   
I love how you matted the large photos and did the background so they look like they are coming out of the background. Amazing!!
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  March 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm   
Your photos of this flock really give the same sense of a mass of birds like the painting. From filling the lake and shoreline...to catching them at just the right moment crossing the road...wow...or soaring in for a landing you have used the grid and the 1" squares well to create that massive feel. Love the gazebo shot too! Good job!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  March 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm   
Very nice! Does justice to the inspirational painting. I especially love how you filled in with all of the one inch squares and the 2x2 one in the middle. I also really like the color choices..the brown with the blues is a good blend, and I always love the storm grid paper. Again, nice job.
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  March 23, 2013 at 11:59 pm   
Ducks - geese whatever the only difference is the size of their droppings. They are both beautiful whatever they are. Amazing to see that many crossing a road. They look like they're at a school crossing :) Nice layouts.
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  March 23, 2013 at 7:25 pm   
These look like Canadian Geese. We're in their migratory path and I love hearing them honk overhead. Your around-town-find is a treasure. I like your color selection, using the earthier brown to frame their utter command of their environment. The Storm grid paper is a perfect selection as well.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  March 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm   
I love how the photos of all the ducks (left side of page) blend together and create a "duck texture." Really gives the impression of LOTS of ducks! The gazebo in the center is a great focal detail.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  March 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm   
     

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